Eurygeophilus pinguis (Brölemann, 1898)


Chalandea pinguis (Brölemann, 1898)


  • GB IUCN status: Least Concern
  • GB rarity status: Nationally Rare

ID Difficulty


Eurygeophilus pinguis is a pale yellowish-brown centipede (to 20 mm) of characteristic short stout appearance, with 35 (male) to 37 (female) leg pairs.  It is said to look like a "Haplophilus cut in half". 

More information to allow accurate identification is given in the published identification keys by Tony Barber (2008 & 2009).
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Eurygeophilus pinguis is a rare centipede is known from a handful of sites in north Devon where it was first found during a BMG field meeting in 1970 and more recently from two sites in Cornwall. It is possibly overlooked at other sites in this area. 

[The record shown for South Wales on the NBN map (opposite) needs to be verified]


In Devon it is usually associated with deciduous trees. The Cornish sites are an ornamental garden and a domestic garden. 

This account is based on the 'Centipede Atlas' (Barber, 2022).

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